A recent federal labor department study identified basic competencies, which students must have in order to be successful in their transition from school to careers or college. The report concluded that good, well-paying jobs require employees who can use basic skills, a creative mind, a disciplined personality and a willing attitude to be a lifelong learner.
Basic skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, as well as speaking and listening are essential foundations. Thinking skills ? which include problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making skills ? are essential. Personal qualities such as self discipline, responsibility, self-esteem, sociability and integrity are very significant.
And while other competencies are desirable, employers are willing to train and work with employees who have the above basic foundations.